House held up at knifepoint

Police are appealing for information after a man threatened the occupants of a house in Carlisle with a knife and stole a laptop and smartphone.

On Monday the 23rd December 2013, at around 6:45pm, a man entered the insecure house on Ashley Street and demanded property from the occupants.

The man is described as white, 5’10” tall, and stocky. He was wearing a black and blue Berghaus jacket, black balaclava and dark tracksuit bottoms. It is unknown if he left on foot or in a car.

The occupants, a 17 year old and 22 year old from Carlisle, were unharmed.

DC Vicky Hughes from Cumbria Police said:

“If anyone remembers a man described as above, or anything suspicious in the area, just before Christmas please get in touch. This was obviously a distressing incident for the victims, and we are keen to find the man responsible and bring him to justice.

“The use of weapons in burglaries is thankfully very rare in Cumbria, but when it happens it is something we take very seriously. I would like to take this opportunity to remind people of the importance of locking doors and windows even when you are in the house. Following simple measures like this can prevent sneak-in burglaries, as well as people entering your property.”

Anyone with any information is asked to call Cumbria Police on 101 and ask for DC Vicky Hughes, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.